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Do More To Celebrate St Andrew’s Day

News Release – 19th November 2008


Do More To Celebrate St Andrew’s Day


St Andrew’s Day holds particular significance for kiwis this year in the run up to Homecoming Scotland 2009 and Scotland is encouraging everyone to “DO more” to celebrate their national day and the New Zealand/Scottish connection.

Scottish Culture Minister Linda Fabiani announced an ambitious programme of events planned in cities and towns across the country with the flagship event, the St Andrew’s DO, taking place right in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh.

Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens will host the St Andrew’s DO, with a range of free entertainment activities over the entire St Andrew’s Day weekend (29-30 November). St Andrew’s Day also marks the start of Edinburgh’s Winter Festival programme and provides a taste of the celebrations to come over Hogmanay and Burns Night, leading into Homecoming Scotland in 2009. An exciting line-up of local events will run across the nation with full details on www.scotland.org/standrews

Culture Minister Linda Fabiani said:

“St Andrew’s Day is an opportunity for everyone at home, and our friends around the world, to celebrate Scotland – from our rich heritage to our vibrant modern culture.

“This year there is a great programme of events from our St Andrew’s DO in Edinburgh to the various ceilidhs and street parties taking place all around the country. In addition to all the wonderful events scheduled in Scotland, many of the millions of affinity Scots all over the world will be celebrating St Andrew’s Day, from the St Andrews Society of Toronto to the Scottish Australian Heritage Society in Sydney – this is a great platform in the run up to Homecoming next year.

“Building on the successful “Visit for Free” initiative from last year, the public will again be able to visit some of our top visitor attractions with castles, museums, gardens and abbeys from Orkney in the Northern Isles to Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders taking part on 30 November. St Andrew’s Day also kicks off the Winter Festival running through Hogmanay and culminating on Burns Night – it’s vital that we use our winter cultural calendar to showcase Scotland as a great year-round visitor destination.

“This year’s celebrations are particularly special because they will be the warm up to Homecoming 2009 – www.homecomingscotland.com. Marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, Homecoming will pick up from St Andrew’s Day to celebrate Scotland’s great achievements and our ties of family and friendship around the world.

“I encourage all Scots everywhere and anyone with a connection to Scotland to do more this year - celebrate our national day and enjoy the inimitable culture of Scotland old and new.”

To book your trip from New Zealand to Scotland and celebrate Homecoming in style – or for information on flights and packages, please contact House of Travel 0800 838 747 or houseoftravel.co.nz


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